These are moments of great difficulty at the global level, of deep concern before an unknown and buried enemy, which threatens the most vulnerable part of our community to a greater extent.
Our obligation is to follow the indications of the experts in the field, and to comply with all the guidelines, because a global attack of these dimensions needs a defense at the same level to end this pandemic as soon as possible.
This is a disease that calls us to unity. Because if we are experiencing something, it is the impunity of the borders against it. Its target is our world, ignoring the state or administrative divisions.
It is sad, and at the same time encouraging, that it has to be a common enemy like this that makes us aware of humanity.
Let us hope that this conscience of humanity serves us for other threats that, not for being a little slower, are less dangerous. And, with the same omission of borders, we are able to show common lines in the defense of a decent survival.
Today I have heard a military authority recommending discipline and a spirit of sacrifice in this fight.
We budokas know a lot about those two premises. Because karate is, among other things, discipline. That basic discipline to maintain an adequate and necessary social order. That self-discipline necessary to be able to advance in the growth demands of a good karateka.
We know a lot about the spirit of sacrifice at the same time. The same that we demonstrate in our day to day, in our trainings, in the search for improvement and improvement that we preach.
These days most of our Dojos have their facilities temporarily closed, following the sanitary instructions.
But the spirit of the Dojo resides in all of us. We are fighters inside and outside the Dojo.
We are disciplined fighters. We have fought many battles, with better and also worse results, but always with the same drive and courage.
We have celebrated many victories, and accepted with respectful or defeats, but always trying to ensure that a good or bad result is not just a fight.
Our entire World Kyokushin Budokai family must continue to demonstrate their spirit of disciplined fighting, perseverance and good cheer.
We must show all our support and moral strength to those who can benefit.
And, like any other match, when it’s over, we’ll try to dissect and analyze what we’ve learned from it.
Because this, like everything, will also happen.
See you soon in the Dojos, training and re-sharing our need for Kyokushin.
Kancho Pedro Roiz